The Bob Swanson Memorial Exploration Grant

This grant was created by the owners and staff of Big Agnes in honor of our colleague Bob Swanson who passed away in 2016.

Bob Swanson, The Tent Guy.

Few in the outdoor industry today know of Bob Swanson or his major contributions to our industry. He co-founded Sierra Designs, founded Walrus tents, then sold that to REI and followed it up by working for REI for several years before going out on his own as a consultant. Big Agnes was fortunate enough to connect with him, and a long relationship was born. His passion for design centered on tents and tent architecture. He is widely recognized for ushering in the use of hubs into tent architecture and represented the cutting edge of shelter designers. We had the pleasure of working with Bob here at Big Agnes for more than a decade. His business card included the title, ‘The Tent Guy’. And while that was fitting professionally, he meant so much more to us as a friend, role model, sage and pioneer of the outdoor industry. Our grant committee will seek to help those who seem to best embody Bob’s spirit and love of life and adventure.

Let us help fund your adventure.

In Bob's memory, the grant will award funds of varying amounts depending on the prospective project needs and its budget. Grants will generally fall between the $500 to $1,000 dollar range. Grants will be awarded once a year and will be announced at the Winter Outdoor Retailer tradeshow.

How to apply.

The three month application period is open from October 20th through December 17th. Applications must be completed and submitted online no later than 11:59PM MST on December 17th. Please note your project might not meet the criteria, so please read all responsibilities and details carefully before submitting an application.

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